Although tax liability can be significant, it can be limited substantially through careful structuring of entities, business transactions and employee-benefit arrangements.
Combining a nuanced understanding of the complex and ever-changing tax laws with creativity, Best Best & Krieger LLP tax attorneys provide pragmatic advice to clients to help structure their businesses, compensation arrangements, benefit programs and transactions to limit their tax exposure and avoid tax disputes. BB&K tax attorneys represent individuals, businesses, nonprofits and public agencies regarding tax-related issues in courts at all levels, before the IRS and other regulatory authorities, and at the negotiating table.
Tax Litigation and Controversy
Our tax attorneys have decades of experience resolving tax challenges with a primary focus on employment taxes affecting compensation and benefit arrangements.
We regularly handle payroll tax audits of both private employers and public agencies, and tax-exempt employee benefits and retirement plans and arrangements (including appeals of adverse IRS and ERISA determinations). We approach audits in a cooperative manner rather than taking a confrontational approach when dealing with taxing authorities. As a result, BB&K has developed a favorable reputation with field auditors, giving us an advantage in successfully resolving issues for our clients.
BB&K attorneys have represented clients before virtually every federal and California tax authority — the IRS, the Franchise Tax Board, the Board of Equalization, the Employment Development Department and the County Assessor’s office — from initial audit through final appeal.
Tax-Exempt Nonprofit Organizations
BB&K tax attorneys advise on all aspects of organization and operation of nonprofit corporations and tax-exempt organizations. Well-versed in the corporate, tax and government laws affecting nonprofit organizations, we assist with organizational documents and tax-exempt applications, ensuring compliance with corporation and tax codes (and governing laws for public clients). We also counsel clients on statutory and regulatory compliance matters, satisfying public support tests, minimizing unrelated business taxable-income activities, avoiding conflicts of interest, and discharging fiduciary obligations.
Tax Transactions and Consulting
BB&K tax attorneys analyze, structure and implement numerous business formations, transactions, combinations, liquidations and financing arrangements.
We provide tax counsel on business entity formation and incorporation, corporation-shareholder transactions, debt and equity financings, employee stock option plans , retirement benefits and other compensation arrangements, and business reorganizations, as well as alternatives to entity liquidation and dissolution.

Areas of Focus: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation | Public Sector: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Areas of Focus: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation | Pension Benefits | Private Representation: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation | Public Sector: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation | Retiree Health & Other Post-Employment Benefits | Tax
Areas of Focus: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation | Public Sector: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Areas of Focus: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation | Public Sector: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation | Tax
Areas of Focus: Business | Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation | Labor & Employment | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Tax | Trusts & Estates
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Videos Feb 20, 2014

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